“I bet that thing has corona on it,” says Bennani’s lizard, who then curses, worried that she’s just touched her face. Turning the windshield wipers on just makes the glove situation worse, as the wipers squeak across the plasticky material. With so many bodies in close contact and an invisible virus mounting a rampage, tensions run high. An innocuous drop of rain suddenly becomes suspect as Bennani’s lizard fears it’s a drop of “corona”-laden spit. Featuring eerily empty evening streets, as well as a pulsing soundtrack by the band Coqueta, the video perfectly captures the angst pervading New York right now.
“We’re trying to not get too scared, but stay informed at the same time,” said Barki. She and Bennani must take everything in stride, just like everyone else. Luckily for the rest of us, they’re doing it in a meaningful, expansive, and creative way. “We’re just processing whatever’s happening,” Barki said.